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Getaria, Spain

At a Glance

• Bixigu Txakoli is a brand produced by the Lazkano family who have produced and sold Txakoli for four generations. José Antonio, grandfather of the current owners, used to make wine at home for family consumption, and to sell locally, until they set up the Gaintza cellar in 1923. Bixigu means “Sea Bream”, "this is the traditional fish you eat in the famous restaurants in Getaria like Elkano...grilled Bixigu is sold on the streets outside the restaurants, just to keep you hungry at all times”

• They are based in Getaria, the capital of Getariako Txakolina. Getariako Txakolina is the first official Txakoli appellation (created in in 1989), the Bizkaiko txakolina appellation was created in 1994, and Arabako appellation was created in 1998.

• The Winery name Gaintza isn’t the family name, it’s to do with where their vineyards are: “gain” means high-up site in Basque. Their vineyards are planted up on the hills above the fishing town of Getaria at 75 meters of altitude and 150-500m from the water. Here soils are a shallow layer of clay and chalk over deep granite bedrock

• This is a very traditional producer and expression of the category. There is a driving acidity, salinity, and slight effervescence though (unlike many larger producers) this contained C02 is a natural result of fermentation, and nothing is added. As a whole, this producer uses a lighter hand both in the vineyards and in the cellar and favors low impact sustainable methods far more than the norm for the region.

About Bixigu

Half an hour driving west from San Sebastián sits the picturesque town of Getaria, the hometown of Juan Sebastián Elcano: a seaman known for being the first to navigate the whole of earth's surface. It is here at the top of the hill with water views, where four generations of the Lazkano family have produced and sold Txakoli. José Antonio used to make wine at home for family consumption and to sell locally, until they set up the Gaintza cellar in 1923. The Lazkano family owns 25 hectares of vineyards, bathed by the fresh Cantabrian sea air. They have a mix of older planting on high pergolas and newer terraced plantings. These days the 4th generation is in charge, brothers Joseba and Urtzi. Joseba and his mother handle the winemaking and the boutique hotel, while Urtzi manages the family’s 23 ha of sustainably farmed vineyards. Gaintza is respected for being fine wine pioneers in a region largely known for inexpensive, fizzy white wine.

Additional Details:

  • Producer: Gaintza
  • Varietals: Hondarribi Beltza, Hondarrabi Zuri
  • Sustainable Practices: Solar panels, and nature-friendly materials
  • Country: Spain
  • Region: Getaria

Sustainably Farmed

Vegan Process

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